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The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books) Paperback – August 12, 1989
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Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures. They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country. There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.
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However, like the other book, Papa's animosity and presumption is just too over the top--and, in my opinion, reinforces prejudice rather than challenges it.
For example, on the next to the last page, the kids are happily eating their take from Trick or Treating. Papa asks them where the beautiful candy apples came from. Brother and Sister inform him that they came from old Miz McGrizz.
"From that scary-looking old grouch puss that lives down Crooked Lane?", he asks. While the kids were surprised at Mizz McGrizz's kindness and friendliness and learned a lesson about rumors and assumption, the book ends on a rather sour note with Papa Bear's judgmentalism. In my opinion, it reinforces stereotype about the elderly and small-town rumors about "scary old people" who live in a "haunted house".
I feel that The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin is a far better book to celebrate the Fall season (although that one is more about thankfulness/Thanksgiving).
This book has great illustrations because of the night scenes, to be sure, but I don't like how the ending focuses mostly on Papa Bear's insult against Mizz McGrizz (although it's great that the kids, at least, realized the error of their assumption based on neighborhood legend...)
This is a tricky message as so much of the parental advice prior to Halloween is for kids to be on their guard.
The book does reinforce some great Halloween safety messages:
1. Stay in your own neighborhood.
2. Don't eat the treats until you get home and Mama Bear inspects them.
I also recommend these other Berenstain Bears' books:
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their MannersThe Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
When trick or treating comes along, Brother and Sister are still frightened by the whole ordeal, along with the other cubs coming along with them for their "trick or treat date". The Too Tall Gang, being much too trouble for their own good, randomly appear out of no where (as gangs tend to do) and have some plans of their own for the spooky neighbor, holding rolls of toilet paper in their hands for some good old Halloween fun. Brother and sister appear aprehensive about their plans for crimes, but decide to do so anyway. As the gang approches the house, they are stopped abruptly before the chance to toilet paper the women's house as she steps out to see what all the fuss is about.
The cubs are exsaperated with fear to be invited into the women's house. When they enter the house, however, they are shocked to be greeted by a batch of candy apples! Noticing none appear to have been take, Brother and Sister ask her about this, where she implies that no one had come all night. Brother and sister then realize how silly they were for being so biogted against their neighbor. Despite her old age and creepy looking tree house, she is a kind old lady who means well, with delicious candy apples for all.Read more ›
Brother and Sister Bear are preparing to go trick or treating with friends and are led astray - to the "haunted house" of the meanest bear in the town - but they learn the appearances can be deceiving!
Nicely written, a good moral, and yes, Papa Bear might not be the brightest Bear in the world - but he is just Papa - always himself, always honest, and very well balanced out by sensible Mama!!!
A definite find for the holiday!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book!!!! Niece and nephew loved it. Got them all excited about going trick or treating.Published 15 days ago by S.G
I always enjoy reading the Berenstain Bear books. They always have a wonderful lesson for children.Published 2 months ago by Allen R. Greene
Great book from this brand. Perfect for reading a few pages every night before bed.Published 3 months ago by Jo Lynn Avelar
It was a bit long, but a good read. Comes with stickers. My 2 and 4 year got bored near the end.Published 3 months ago by jessie
My 3 year old loves this trick or treat book and the stickers inside. It was a huge hit for pre halloween prep. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pgmom12